This internship is truly what you make of it. It challenges you right from the beginning and you are forced to hit the ground running. There is no time to gradually ease into it, because you’re in the busiest market in the country. Within 15 minutes of my first day, I was already on a story trying to confirm the identities of two kids who had died in a snowmobile accident. I’ve been able to get on-camera experience for my demo each week I’ve been there. And I have also made amazing connections at this top-rated station in Toronto.
My internship at CTV Saskatoon exceeded my expectations, as I was treated like a reporter from day one and got the opportunity to work on at least one to two video stories per day. I also got tons of on-camera experience and covered stories that were outside my comfort zone. The people at CTV Saskatoon were super friendly and helpful. By the end of my internship, I became close with the reporters, producers and the anchors. If you’re someone who is comfortable with being uncomfortable and being pushed to your limits, then this is the internship for you!
I was lucky enough to have an absolutely amazing experience interning at CTV Toronto. I
was able to do so many cool things. They let me fill in at the assignment desk, they even let me
interview my idol, Tessa Virtue one on one- she thought I was a reporter!
I found that they really believed in me to do a lot of things and they assisted me in setting up a demo reel. I was able to work with awesome reporters, shadow them, and have them tell me about the industry and some tips to help me out. I was able to see really cool scenes, such as double shootings, all the way to weather updates. There was never really anything that they
didn’t let me do, they were always really encouraging and wanting to use my skills. Overall, it
was an amazing experience.
From day one at CTV News, I felt like I was being treated as a real chase producer. While obviously, I did have a trainer at the start –and fellow chase producers to guide me along the way– I was given journalistic independence almost immediately. From choosing and booking guests, pre-interviewing them and creating ‘chat pages’ in iNews along with questions, banner (headlines) and name keys, I felt I’ve had a chance to have editorial input throughout my entire experience at CTV.
Conversely, there were some instances where I had a lack of guidance and had to seek work by asking around whether anyone needed help completing their tasks. Ultimately though, there was no shortage of valuable work for me get my hands on at each shift I was there for, letting me sharpen both my skills and confidence!
If I was to describe my internship in one word, it would be ‘authentic.’
I feel like I truly learned a lot and got valuable experience at CTV Regina. I was not getting someone coffee or doing something unrelated to my field.
From the first day, my name was on the assignment sheet as a general reporter, even though I was an intern. That alone says that I was not treated as someone who is ‘below’ the other staff; I was treated equally as part of the team.
My first day of interning involved camera training and learning how to use the editing software. The next day I went to my first event, conducted interviews and edited a VOSOT that went in the newscast. By the end of the week, I had my first story on the air.
I was given lots of feedback and treated very well. By the end of my internship I had nearly 20 packs, multiple rants, and even a few live hits for my portfolio.
This is the place for experience and potentially a breakthrough job into the market. I highly recommend CTV Regina.